|Rag Radio 2010-08-31/ Underground Press Historian Sean Stewart - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Sean Stewart is working on an illustrated oral history of the 60s underground press to be released by PM Press in the fall of 2011. The project grew out of an underground press exhibit at Babylon Falling, an independent revolutionary bookstore and art gallery that Sean ran in San Francisco. Born in 1979 of Jamaican parents, Sean spent his formative years in Kingston. We discuss the underground press, its historical context, and some of the people who made it happen, as well as his experiences wi...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Sean Stewart; Underground Press; Sixties; Jamaica; Oral History; The Rag
|Rag Radio 2009-09-29 / The Rag & the Underground Press - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-The story of The Rag, Austin’s influential underground paper (1966-1977), and the historic role of the Sixties underground press. Guests: *Alice Embree - a founder of The Rag, leader in 60’s New Left and women’s movement. Austin activist. Board member of New Journalism Project and contributor to The Rag Blog. *Jeffrey Shero Nightbyrd – a founder of Austin’s Sixties underground paper, The Rag, and editor of the Austin Sun and New York’s RAT...
Keywords: The Rag; Underground Press; Jeffery Nightbyrd; Alice Embree; Alan Pogue; James Retherford; Thorne Dreyer; Sixties; Rag Radio; Jeff Shero
|Rag Radio 2010-09-14 / New Left Leader and Underground Press Editor Jeffrey Nightbyrd - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Jeffrey Nightbyrd was a major figure in the Sixties New Left and the underground and alternative press. Nightbyrd -- formerly Jeff Shero -- served as national vice president of SDS and was active with the Yippies. He was a founder of The Rag in Austin and edited the Austin Sun and New York's RAT. The Rag was one of the most influential of the first wave of underground papers and RAT gained national noteriety for its political and cultural coverage...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Jeffrey Nightbyrd; Thorne Dreyer; Abbie Hoffman; New Left; SDS; Sixties; Underground Press; Austin Sun; The Rag; Michael Eakin; Yippies
|Rag Radio 2011-03-04 / Historian John McMillian, author of "Smoking Typewriters" - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
John McMillian is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University. He is the author of "Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America," published by Oxford University Press, January 2011. He is the co-editor of "The Radical Reader," "The New Left Revisited," "Protest Nation," and "The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture." He lives in Atlanta, Georgia...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; John McMillian; Underground Press; The Rag; Liberation News Service; Sixties; American History
|Rag Radio 02-09-2010 / Environmental Landscaper David Mahler - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with environmental landscaper David Mahler. Mahler was active with SDS in Sixties Austin and involved with the pioneering underground paper, The Rag. He was a founder of Austin's historic Greenbriar School, which offered a radical alternative to traditional education. He was a pioneer in habitat restoration and does wetland construction, native plant landscaping, education, and park and trail design...
Keywords: Rag Radio; David Mahler; Sixties; Austin; The Rag; Underground Press; SDS; Greenbriar School; Alternative Education; Habitat Restoration; Environmental Landscaping; Thorne Dreyer
|Rag Radio 01-12-2010 /Trial Judge, Cherokee Indian and 60s activist Steve Russell - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Steve Russell, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is a Texas trial court judge by assignment. He's a retired associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University, and a veteran of 60s activism and a former staffer at Austin's underground paper, The Rag. He is a columnist for Indian Country Today and a contributor to The Rag Blog. We discuss crime and punishment, the status of American Indians, and issues facing progressives today...
Keywords: Steve Russell; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Criminal Justice; Judges; Native Americans; American Indians; Educators; Underground Press; Sixties; The Rag; The Rag Blog; Activists; Austin History
|Rag Radio 02-23-2010 / Underground Journalist Jim Retherford - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Conversation with Jim Retherford. Retherford was editor of early 60s underground paper The Spectator in Bloomington, Indiana, and was active with the theatrical protest group, the Yippies. He was ghostwriter for Jerry Rubin's iconic book, "Do It!" Jim has worked in alternative and commercial journalism and graphic design and is active in progressive politics in Austin. He is a contributor to The Rag Blog and a director of the New Journalism Project...
Keywords: -Rag Radio; Jim Retherford; Thorne Dreyer; The Rag Blog; Underground Press; Yippies; Sixties; Activists; Journalists; Jerry Rubin; FBI; COINTELPRO
|Rag Radio 01-26-2010 / Author and Adventurer Tom Miller - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Tom Miller, author, adventurer, and 60s activist and underground journalist. His writing, much of it about the American Southwest, has appeared in major publications including Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Life, and The New York Times. He has published six books, his latest being "Revenge of the Seguaro." His work has also appeared on The Rag Blog. He lives in Tucson and the University of Arizona Library has acquired his archives and exhibited his papers...
Keywords: -Rag Radio; Tom Miller; Thorne Dreyer; Underground Press; Authors; Adventurers; Yippies; Sixties; Activists; The Rag Blog
|Rag Radio - 2010-08-03 / Satirist and Realist Editor Paul Krassner: Part One - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
An author, journalist, and stand-up comedian, Paul Krassner was the founder and editor of the legendary journal of social and political satire, The Realist. He was a founder of the Youth International Party (the Yippies), and was a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. He was a radio personality in San Francisco, known as “Rumpleforeskin.” His writing has appeared in major publications, including Playboy, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, National Lampoon, Mad Magazine, and The Village Voice...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Paul Krassner; Thorne Dreyer; The Realist; Underground Press; The Rag; The Sixties; Satirists; Editors; Yippies; Groucho Marx; Rag Radio
|Rag Radio 2013-08-16 - Sociologist, Communications Scholar & Author Todd Gitlin, Part 2 - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Host Thorne Dreyer continues his conversation with Todd Gitlin, noted writer, sociologist, and communications scholar and a pioneer of the '60s New Left movement. Gitlin is the author of 15 books, including "Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street." He is a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph. D. program in Communications at Columbia University...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Todd Gitlin; Thorne Dreyer; Mass Media; American Jurnalism; Sixties; SDS; New Left; Watergate; Underground Press; Occupy Wall Street; Washington Post; Jeff Bezos; Internet Journalism
|Rag Radio 2013-07-19 - Sociologist, Communications Scholar, & Author Todd Gitlin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Todd Gitlin, an American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, poet, and intellectual -- and pioneer of the '60s New Left movement -- is the author of 15 books, including "Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street." He is a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph. D. program in Communications at Columbia University. He holds degrees from Harvard University (mathematics), the University of Michigan (political science), and the U...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Todd Gitlin; SDS; Sociologists; Authors; Mass Media; Sixties; Occupy Wall Street; Journalism; Educators; Underground Press; Port Huron Statement; Identity Politics; Weather Underground
|Rag Radio 2013-02-08 - Civil Liberties Lawyer Marjorie Heins, Author of 'Priests of Our Democracy' - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Marjorie Heins, a civil liberties lawyer, writer, and teacher – and author of the new book, “Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge” -- is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio. Heins founded and directed the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project and was the founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project. She twice was named a “First Amendment Hero” and won the Luther McNair Award from the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts fo...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Marjorie Heins; Academic Freedom; Civil Liberties; Anti-Communism
|Rag Radio 05-25-2010 / Documentary Photographer Alan Pogue - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-Conversation with Alan Pogue about photography as journalism and art, Alan's career, the Sixties and social change, and The Rag, Austin's underground newspapers in the 60s-70s. Guest: Alan Pogue, renowned award-winning photojournalist, social activist, and author -- and recent inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. Alan was the staff photographer at The Rag and is a contributor to The Rag Blog...
Keywords: Underground Press; Photography; Alan Pogue; Photojournalism; The Rag; Thorne Dreyer; The Rag Blog; Sixties
|Rag Radio 2011-04-01 / April Fool's Special w/Satirist Paul Krassner & Filmmaker Turk Pipkin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
April Fool's Special with Paul Krassner. Krassner, an author, journalist, and stand-up comedian, was the founder and editor of the legendary journal of social and political satire, The Realist. He was a founder of the Youth International Party (the Yippies), and was a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. This is Krassner's third visit to Rag Radio. Also: Author, actor, and filmmaker Turk Pipkin talks about his new documentary film, Building Hope.
Keywords: Underground Press; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Paul Krassner; Turk Pipkin; Writers; Filmmakers
|Rag Radio 2010-08-17 / Filmmaker Gary Chason - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
A discussion with Gary Chason. Chason is a film and theatrical producer and director, a screenwriter and playwright, an actor and acting coach. He was also a casting director for major filmmakers, including Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich, working on such films as The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, The Getaway, Brewster McCloud, and Pretty Baby. His work in legitimate theater includes a highly acclaimed production of Michael McClure's The Beard in Houston in 1975...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Gary Chason; Filmmakers; Thorne Dreyer; Theater; Screenwriters; Directors; Indie Film; Austin; SDS; The Rag; Sixties; Sexual Freedom League; Underground Press
|Rag Radio 2011-01-14 / Austin Chronicle News Editor Michael King - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Michael King is the News Editor of the Austin Chronicle, where he has reported on state and city politics since 2001, and writes the weekly column, “Point Austin.” Born a Hoosier in Northwest Indiana, he was educated at Indiana University and Yale University, receiving a Ph.D. in 1977. He edited The Spectator in Bloomington, Indiana, an early 60s underground paper. He was in the English Department of UT Austin from 1977 to 1985, and has worked in shoe stores and steel mills, libraries and la...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Michael King; Austin Chronicle; Journalists; Texas Politics; Underground Press; Sixties
|Rag Radio 2011-07-22 / Sustainability Activist Scott Pittman, founder of Permaculture Institute - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Scott Pittman is a sustainability activist and permaculture teacher. He was a founder of the Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and helped to establish the permaculture movement in the U.S. Southwest. The mission of the Permaculture Institute is to promote sustainable living skills through education, networking, and demonstration projects. Scott's experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, designing projects that range from backyards to thousand-ac...
Keywords: The Rag; Underground Press; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Wayne Kramer; Scott Pittman; Permaculture; Sustainability; Sixties; Activists; Educators
|RagRadio2011-05-13 / Artist, Musician, Actor & Comic Kerry Awn - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Kerry Awn is an acclaimed artist, muralist, musician, actor, and comic. Since the '70s he's been one of Austin's premier rock poster and album cover artists, and his illustrations appeared prominently in underground papers The Rag and Space City!. Kerry has spent over three decades in Austin performing with the famed sketch comedy group, Esther's Follies, the comedy rock band Uranium Savages, and as a stand-up comic...
Keywords: Underground Press; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Kerry Awn; Artists; Musicians; Esther's Follies; The Rag; Space City; Uranium Savages
|Rag Radio 2010-09-28 / Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Danny Schechter is a journalist, author, Emmy award-winning television producer, independent filmmaker, and media critic. He is a co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company. He was a producer for ABC News 20/20 where he won two national Emmys and was nominated for two others. He was also a producer on the start-up staff at CNN. After college, he was a full time civil rights worker and then communications director of the Northern Stu...
Keywords: Underground Press, Rag Radio; Danny Schechter; Thorne Dreyer; Wall Street; Journalists; Filmmakers; Civil Rights Movement; Journalism; Sixties; Alternative Media
|Rag Radio 2010-12-10 / Journalist and Environmental Activist Harvey Wasserman - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Harvey Wasserman is an activist, author, investigative journalist, editor, talk show host, and educator. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth and Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States. He helped break the news stories surrounding the theft of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. He is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog. In 1968 he helped found the legendary anti-war Liberation News Service (LNS)...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Harvey Wasserman; No Nukes; The Rag Blog; Authors; Activists; Journalists; Liberation News Service; Underground Press; Sixties; Alternative Energy
|Rag Radio 02-16-2010 / Author and 60s Activist Dick Reavis - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Dick Reavis, author, educator, journalist, 60s activist. Reavis teaches journalism at North Carolina State University. His latest book is "Catching Out: The Secret Life of Day Laborers." He was active in SDS in the Sixties, has worked for daily papers and magazines, including the Texas Observer and Texas Monthly, where he was a senior editor. He also wrote for Austin's underground paper, The Rag, and is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog...
Keywords: Underground Press; Dick Reavis; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Journalists; Sixties; SDS; Activists; Authors; The Rag; The Rag Blog; Branch Davidian
|Rag Radio 2010-03-09 / Cartoonist and Underground Comix Artist Gilbert Shelton - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Gilbert Shelton is, along with R. Crumb, the most famous of the 60s underground comix artists and he is still going strong. He is the creator of such iconic comic strips as the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy's Cat, and Wonder Wart Hog. The Freak Brothers were originally published in The Rag and then appeared in papers all over the world. An animated movie featuring the Freak Brothers is under development...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Gilbert Shelton; Thorne Dreyer; Comix; Austin; Underground Press; The Rag; Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; Texas Ranger; Cartoonists
|Rag Radio 04-20-2010 / Legendary armadillo artist Jim Franklin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Jim Franklin, Austin's legendary surrealist poster and comix artist, painter, muralist, and performance artist. Developed the armadillo as an international symbol for Texas. Played an important role in Austin's most important 60s-70s rock hall/counterculture centers: was a founder of the Vulcan Gas Company and helped make Armadillo World Headquarters famous as artist and MC. A pioneer of Sixties psychedelic poster art...
Keywords: Underground Press; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Jim Franklin; Sixties; Armadillo Wold Headquarters; Vulcan Gas Company; Austin Music; Artists; Poster Artists; The Rag
|Rag Radio 01-05-2010 / Arts Advocate and Gay Activist Jeff Jones - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
-A conversation with Jeff Jones. Jones, based in San Francisco and Austin, is a fundraising and planning consultant and grant writer for arts organization. Also an activist in the LGBT/queer community and the movement for social justice, Jeff was co-founder of the Mobilization against AIDS and the Queer Cultural Center in San Francisco. An SDSer in 60s Austin and a staffer at the underground paper The Rag, Jeff was president of the student body at the University of Texas at Austin, 1970-1971...
Keywords: Jeff Jones; Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; LGBT; Gay Activists; UT-Austin; New Left; Austin History; Arts; San Francisco; SDS, The Rag; Underground Press
|Rag Radio 2010-08-24 / Immigration Attorney Barbara Hines - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Barbara Hines is a famed immigration attorney and a clinical law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who has been involved in landmark litigation defending the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants. In 2000, Texas Lawyer Magazine named her one of 100 Texas “Legal Legends” of the 20th century. She and her students gained international notice for their work in drawing attention to the T...
Keywords: Underground Press, Rag Radio; Barbara Hines; Thorne Dreyer; Immigration; UT-Austin; T. Don Hutto; The Rag; Women's Movement; Immigration Attorneys; Educators
|Rag Radio 2010-04-13 / 60s Houston Counterculture w/Sherwood Bishop & Bobby Ray Eakin - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Houston 60s counterculture and alternative media with Sherwood Bishop and Bobby Ray Eakin. Sherwood Bishop was a member of the editorial collective at Houston underground newspaper Space City!. He was also director of the Houston Peace Center and the Houston Committee to End the War in Vietnam, and founder and/or director of a food co-op, a communal farm, a day care center, a “free university,” an alternative library, and a drug crisis center...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Sherwood Bishop; Bobby Ray; Bobby Eakin; Thorne Dreyer; Space City!; Pacifica Radio; Counterculture; Sixties; Houston; Austin; Underground Press; Alternative Media
|Rag Radio 2010-08-10 / Satirist and Realist Editor Paul Krassner: Take Two - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Rag Radio 2010-08-10 - Paul Krassner -- legendary "investigative satirist" -- returns for a second show. Krassner -- founder and editor of The Realist, author, activist, journalist, stand-up comic, radio personality, counterculture icon, a founder of the Yippies, and, according to the FBI, "a raving, unconfined nut" -- is Thorne Dreyer's guest for an encore performance. They discuss Krassner's working relationship and friendship with comic Lenny Bruce, some history of satirical topical comedy, a...
Keywords: Underground Press; Rag Radio; Paul Krassner; Thorne Dreyer; Lenny Bruce; Comics; Journalists; Satirists, The Realist, The Rag
|Rag Radio 2010-10-26 / Writer and Peace Activist Alice Embree - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Alice Embree was a leader in the 60s New Left, working in civil rights and with SDS in Austin where she was a founder of the underground newspaper The Rag. She also worked with underground newpaper RAT in New York. A pioneer of the women's liberation movement, her essay was included in Robin Morgan's classic feminist anthology, "Sisterhood is Powerful." Alice went to Chile with an exchange program, and worked with the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), and later was involved with ...
Keywords: The Rag, Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Alice Embree; Feminists; Sixties; Peace Activists; Underground Press; The Rag Blog; Under the Hood; New Left; Austin; SDS; Journalists; CodePink; The Rag
|Poet, Playwright, Journalist, Filmmaker, and Critic Gregg Barrios - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guest is Gregg Barrios, a San Antonio-based journalist, playwright, poet, filmmaker, and critic. He is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. Gregg, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and other major media outlets, and on The Rag Blog, was editorial page editor for the Spanish language daily Rumbo and during the Chicano movement, edited the Raza Unida newspaper, La Verdad...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Gregg Barrios; Poets; Playwrights; Filmmakers; The Rag; Underground Press; Book Critics; San Antonio Writers; Chicano Activists
|Rag Radio 2013-11-15 - Original Ragstaffers: Maryland Legislator Doyle Niemann & Activist/Poet Mariann Wizard - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio are Doyle Niemann, now a progressive leader in the Maryland House of Delegates, and poet/activist Mariann Garner-Wizard. Niemann and Wizard (then Mariann Vizard) both worked with The Rag, Austin’s now legendary underground newspaper, published from 1966-1977. Doyle Niemann was an anti-war activist at the University of Nebraska and the University of Texas where he worked with the Young Democrats and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Mariann Wizard; Doyle Niemann; The Rag; Maryland House of Delegates; Underground Press; Sixties; Activists; Poets; In These Times; Great Speckled Bird; Space City; Alternative Medicine
|Rag Radio 2013-05-24 - Poet & '60s Counterculture Legend John Sinclair - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Amsterdam-based poet and legendary countercultural figure John Sinclair -- who has performed spoken-word poetry with his band, The Blues Scholars, since the mid-‘90s -- founded the White Panther Party in Detroit in 1968, managed the historic “avant-rock” proto-punk band, the MC5, worked with the underground newspaper, the Fifth Estate, and founded the Detroit Artists Workshop. After Sinclair was sentenced to 9-1/2 to 10 years in prison for giving two joints to an undercover policewoman, Jo...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; John Sinclair; Sixties; counterculture; MC5; White Panther Party; Poets; Activists; Fifth Estate; Underground Press; Political Prisoners
|Rag Radio 2014-06-27 - Award-Winning Journalist & Author Jeff Sharlet, with his father, Political Scientist Robert Sharlet - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Award-winning journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of "The Family," and political scientist and author Robert Sharlet, join Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio -- in their first-ever father-son interview. Robert Sharlet and Jeff Sharlet are co-authoring a memoir about Bob's late brother -- also named Jeff Sharlet -- who was a Vietnam GI and a leader of GI protest against the war. Jeff was founder and editor of Vietnam GI, the first antiwar underground paper written by and for GI's...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Jeff Sharlet; Robert Sharlet; Journalists; Political Scientists; Molly Award; The Family; Searching for Jeff; Anti-War GI's; Vietnam War; Vietnam GI; Underground Press
|Rag Radio 2013-04-13 - Sixties Activists and Original Yippies Judy Gumbo Albert & Nancy Kurshan - Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer|
Judy Gumbo Albert and Nancy Kurshan were original members of the Youth International Party -- the Yippies -- along with their respective partners, Stew Albert and Jerry Rubin, and others like Abbie Hoffman, Anita Hoffman, and Paul Krassner. The Yippies were an anarchist-leaning Sixties group known for their street theater and symbolic political actions that merged New Left and countercultural values...
Keywords: Rag Radio; Thorne Dreyer; Judy Gumbo Albert; Nancy Kurshan; Yippies; Sixties; New Left; Counterculture; Prison Reform; Underground Press